Just a short stay this time, I wish it could have been longer. We have both enjoyed the food and the way you have shared your knowledge and enthusiasm with us. El Clos is welcoming and a tranquil place to be. I love the design and how you have personalized it with your many skills. Hope to be back. Philip & Marilyn
21th May 2006

We have had a wonderful stay and your hospitality has been fantastic, the scenary stunning and although we speak very little Spanish every one has been most helpful and kind. Just can’t wait to return. Thank you so much.

Bob and Sue Rambeed – Suffolk. England
29.08.06 – 04.09.2006

What should we say? Everything was written!!! We can always agree with all of the Impressions which are noticed in these book!

We are happy to stay here and we enjoy the time, the good meal and the very friendly conversation in many languages with you Joaquim!!!
And don’t forget the specialy and marvelous and artistical ambiente!!!

Oct 30, 2006
To hour hosts, thank you for making our first visit to Spain so memorable. Wa are delighted with the calm of El Clos and your warm hospitality. Your beautiful facility provided for every anticipated need. Our dinner was delicious! We wish you very success now and with the opening of your new location. It would be wonderful if we could return some day.
Sincerely,
Alberta, Canada
Brussels, Belgium

To Joaquin and Maria,
It is impossible to express our gratitude for your continuing generosity, warmth and care for our family. We love Conesa and El Clos as though it were our second home and we regard you and your delightful daughters as dear friends and soul mates. Our stay here (our third) was a wonderful experience again, made possible by your perfect hosting and superb companionship. This is a very special place for us in our hearts.
All our love – Jim, Andrea and Julio – Australia –
January 2, 2007

June 6th 2007
No doubt you, who may read this, have travelled – as we have. Perhaps you have also stayed in beautiful places, with views that take your breath away – as we have. You have eaten well and you have enjoyed great hospitality – as indeed we have. El Clos has all this, in abundance, daily and nightly. Quiet, reflective and beautiful. But there is something more here that perhaps like us, you have not found elsewhere. Casting around for an adecuate word I am left only with sweetness, tenderness possibly. Everyting that Joaquim and his family have offered has been with unexpressable kindness. And so we came to the end of our stay lighter in all degrees than when we came, reminded in Joaquim’s boundless, joyful enthusiasm for all he does, that life is indeed good.
His smile and warm brawn eyes have confused our memories of this plan and we leave richer in every degree than when we came.
Sweet indeed
Fabian and Ken – Australia
18.7.2007

Hei . Greetings from Finland
We enjoyed the peaceful countryside very much. Lovely house. Eeva Lüsa Jonhho I’ve liked this place very much .
8.1.2008

We have had a ‘magical’ few days with excellent company, food in a beautiful comfortable setting.
Thank you both
With love from Jenny & John Mash.
5th Jaunary, 2006

Once again, warm thanks & appreciation for your gracious hospitality & generosity in being our hosts & dear friends at El Clos.

We enjoyed every moment, particulary the time in your company, delicious food, great companions & a beautiful location.

In particular we want to thank you, & Joaquim especially for his kindness and attention to Julio, who feels like a member of your family.

We hold you both in high esteem and great affection and look forward to our next visit to Spain’s best casa rural, which we think is unique, … world class as a result of your devotion to your clients and their happiness.
Warmly and sincerely,

Jim, Andrea and Julio. – Australia.

August 20th, 2005

Dear Joaquim, Maria & Rosa
It has been a real pleasure staying at El Clos in the lovely town of Conesa. We have enjoyed our first visit to Catalonia. The region has so much to offer, we’ve been so many different places. The facilities are excellent and our boys have enjoyed the mini-golf and cycling. We say a bodger and a wild pig during our travels as well as visiting the mountains and monasteries. The people here are very friendly and helpful.
Thank you all for your friendly hospitality.
Sue, Ben & Hurry – Harpenden, England

The accomodations were, of course, great; but the food was wonderful. It was easily some of the best food I’ve had anywhere in the world. Joaquin is an artist in many ways but specially in the kitchen. He is a real asset to Catalan cuisine.
Bill – Berlin .-

And here is our HAIKU:
A golden sunrise
Rolls white mist from stubble-fields:
Dawn in Conesa.
Sue & Tom
August 25, 2005
Stratford-upon-Avon and Japan

Que maco!: Un sol daurat fa rodar la blanca boirina dels camps llaurats:
L’alba a Conesa

27th September, 2005
Querido Joaquin & family,
Where to begin?! We have enjoyed our stay here so much.
Your doughter was really helpful showing us around on our first evening. Thank you for cooking an amazing meal on our first night – and apologies for such short notice! Our welcome bottle of wine was greatly appreciated and a wonderful introduction to this wine growing region.

Our enjoyment of Catalonia was greatly enhanced by our base at El Clos. Ellen, in particular, looked forward to returning to El Clos and spending time with Joaquim. she was as happy and content with him as she is her own family.

A mention must be given to our final evening meal – sensational food as ever with excellent wines. Dancing to Joaquim’s accordion playing was a great way to end our holiday. Really had a perfect time and hope to return

7 October 2005
Dear Joachim + Maria,
What a surprise! We were welcomed into a beautiful house by friendly people. We were spoiled with your company by your music and your exquisite dinner! We will definetly refer many friends to you – it was an incredible stay.
Thank you very much!! Good luck with your project!
South African greetings!
Alwyn + Liesel + Van der Merwe + Haynes + Esmaré; Thennis + Nikki Smal

Gracias por la estancia tan feliz, nos divertimos mucho y disfrutamos sobre todo de hacer la comida cerca de la chimenea que utilizamos cada dia. Tuvimos la oportunidad de relajarnos completamente y nos sentimos muy agusto. Este sitio tendrá un lugar especial en nuestros recuerdos.
Koen, Xasselt, Bélgica

13 de enero de 2003
Thank you for making so welcome. We had a thoroughly enjoyable time despite the unexpected snow!

3 April 2003
On our first journey here we are delighted to find that this region has such great beuty and interest. Conesa is lovely and intriguing, a wonderful place from which to explore in every direction.
Joaquin and his family at El Clos are excellent representatives, kind and knowledgeable guides, generous and sensitive hosts.
El Clos itself is superior in its design and comfort.
Our ten-day visit is far too brief.
Toni & Karen
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

3rd April 2003
Our first experience of Spain and its people has been unforgettable thanks to the wonderful kindness and hospitality from Joaquim, Maria, Rosa & Marina. Our stay here was much too brief and we leave here in the hope that one day we may return and enjoy Catalonia charm once more (at least)..
Ely Robertson-Briggs
Brisbane, Australia
Rob, Sharon, Ashleigh & Matthew, Dunn Khamist, Saudi Arabia

April 26, 2003
Our first visit to Spain has been entirely in Catalonia, and we found to be a very beautiful and rewarding experience. El Clos has been a perfect place to visit. The hosts are wonderful people we will remember with affection, and the accomodations should be a model for others.
Ron and Maureen – Roup
Green Bay, Wisconsin
USA

04/26/03
We enjoyed the exceptional hospitality during our stay in Conesa. Centrally located for visits to beautiful Catalan areas. The rooms were comfortable and clean. The food was delicious! I especially enjoyed the serenity – the peaceful and quiet. Awakening in the morning to the sunrise and birds chirping! We want to bring our children and grandchildren to visit.
Ron, Zimmerman & Cindy , Zimmerman
Green Bay, Wisconsin USA

2nd June 2003
Well impressed!!! Have spent a fantastic 6 days in the area from the hilltop Forès to the manic Salou but nothing has quite compared to the tranquility of El Clos. Language has not been a barrier to great hospitality and some excellent home cooking!
Muchas Gracias
Gillian and Alex, Prestwick, Scotland.

The peace and tranquility of the countryside was overwhelming after a year in Barcelona. The warmth of the welcome and the beautiful furnishings really made it feel like a home from home.
The McAree Family
Belfast Ireland

Dear Joaquim y Maria
What an enchanting place. I would love to spend all the different seasons here as it is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. How lucky you are and how graciously you share it with others. We had a marvelous time as your companionship was wonderful. I can’t wait to bring my husband here, he doesn’t know what he missed until he gets to experience it himself. Thank you so much for all your generous hospitality. God bless you and your lovely family.
Lubbock, Texas.

Thank you for a wonderful week. This is a lovely place. We’ve enjoyed the countryside, visits to Barcelona & Figueras and the swimmingpool.
Very hospitable hosts!
Conesa is a really small and quiet village. Our stay was GREAT!
The swimming pool was really fun!
The countryside is really peaceful.
It WAS REALLY FUN BEING HERE!
Katerine

An oasis of quiet after Madrid and before Barcelona. Hosts friendly and creative. A lovely place to stay super accomodation and genuinelly generous people.
Nancy, Barbara & Paul Dingwall
12/7/03
Scotland
Edinburg (UK)

August 2, 2003
Thank you for a wonderful stay and your hospitality. I enjoyed the room with the view and our walk through the village. The food was outstanding. I hope to return some day. Until then, I have beautiful memories of your family and house.
Carole Wutta
USAAugust 3rd 2003.
We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay here at ‘El Clos’. Wonderful weather, lovely comfortable accomodation and friendly hosts. We would love to come back!
Jacky, James, Charlotte & Lucy Garven
Edinburgh, Scotland.
Thank you for your wonderful hospitality. A fantastic location – but most importantly – the way you looked after us. Thank you.
Karen Trego.
2/8/03
England

El Clos is a beautiful place with special hosts and generosity. For us, the peace and quiet of Conesa was a treat. Your family is terrific. If you ever travel to San Francisco please phone us. 925 256 XXXX.
Many thanks for everything.
Corine, David & Amelia Roberts
San Francisco, California

August 3rd 2003.
We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay here at ‘El Clos’. Wonderful weather, lovely comfortable accomodation and friendly hosts. We would love to come back!
Jacky, James, Charlotte & Lucy Garven
Edinburgh, Scotland.

August 15 2003.
Gracias. This trip to Spain has been very educational and entertaining. Conesa is rich in history and life. El Clos is a perfect place to stay in rural Spain (sorry Catalunya). The beach and Barcelona were great to visit but it was always good to get back to El Clos.
We were lucky enough to be able to take in 2 festivals and loved them both.
Bob, Terry, Kristin, Kelsey Lotwin
Calgary, Alberta Canada.

August 16 2003.
Thank you so much for all your hospitality – we felt very comfortable here. We love your art, Joaquine and your thermo-mix!! Maria, thank you for making us feel so welcome. And Rosa and Marina, thank you for all your help with the language.
We will tell all our friends about El Clos!
Your friends in Lyon, France
Rick, Kathy, Simon, Zoe and Chris

August 30, 2003.
Thank you kindly for making our stay so enjoyable. You certainly went beyond what we expected. We all enjoyed very much everything.
Queridos amigos, muchas gracias por todo, especialmente el habernos hecho conocer algo de esta hermosa región.
Cariño,
Lilith, Luis, Helen y Tristan

21st April 2004
We have had a lovely holiday here in El Clos in this beautiful part of Catalunya. Maria, Joaquim & Rosa you made Emma’s birthday absolutely perfect. What more can we say!
diolch yn fawr iawn (muchas gracias – en gales)
Maria, Roger & Emma (Llanelli & Cardiff, Wales)

Dear Mr. Joaquim and Maria
Thank you for your warm welcome and goodbye.
(We’ll send you a translation of Slovenian text soon 🙂 )

June 10th 2004
Three very wonderful days spent in El Clos, the peace and tranquility is quite special but best of all is the wonderful food and of course the accordion playing of our host.
Angus, Elaine and Jenny
Milnathort Scotland

June 23rd 2004
Thank you Maria and Joaquim for making us feel so welcome in the ‘El Clos’. Everything has exceeded our hopes for our short visit to Catalonia.
We hope to see you and the Clos again.
Gràcies!
Einar, Jakob, Axel, Swomi, Anne Marie

July 28, 2004
We really enjoyed our 10 days stay at El Clos.
It’s a perfect place to start exploring Catalonia. Every morning the view from the balcony brought pleasure into our hearts. Dinners were always tasteful, especially our last evening whith paëlla and sangria (delicious!).
Everything is so “real”, so authentic.
And above all, thank you for being so kindful and comprehensive to our kids Lars and Sine…
Peter & Lizzy
Lars & Sine
Kessel-Lo, Belgium

Joaquin y Maria y Rosa,
Such a pleasant visit! Thank you.
When you come to Colorado, we will share with you the various wines of our state. Like you, they are warm, rich and comforting.
Gracias,
Jud Leslie & Bennie Leslie
Sep 21, 2004

Thank you, thank you!
What a perfectly delightful time spent at your beautiful El Clos, and we greatly appreciated the tour of the surrounding countryside; the castles, the views with all the great memories to take back home with us.
Please come to America so we can share our country with you.
Jan & ….9/20/04
Colorado Hugo, Colorado USAAugust 16 2003.
Thank you so much for all your hospitality – we felt very comfortable here. We love your art, Joaquine and your thermo-mix!! Maria, thank you for making us feel so welcome. And Rosa and Marina, thank you for all your help with the language.
We will tell all our friends about El Clos!
Your friends in Lyon, France
Rick, Kathy, Simon, Zoe and Chris

Joaquin, Maria & Rosa,
Gracias for a wonderful stay in your beautiful village. Joaquin you were a wonderful host to us and we really appreciate all of your time. It was great fun and your casa est très belle.
9/2/04 – Colorado Springs, Colorado U.S.A.

Maria, Joaquin, Rosa & Marina
Another huge thank-you for your kindness & hospitality. We had another wonderful holiday here in Conesa. The meals were especially fantastic. All the best for the construction of the swimming pool. Perhaps we’ll be able to come again next year and enjoy your dreams as reality.
Abrazos
Maria y Roger
Llanelli, Gales

We really enjoyed our stay here in Conesa. The surroundings, accommodation and villages were wonderful. You made all of us feel really welcome and we really appreciated it.
Conesa is a great location for exploring the locality.
Thanks again from Evelyn, Aidam, Aoife + Louise + Grandad “Pat”.
Hope to see you again!
May 2005
Leitrim, Ireland

June 30 – July 3, 2005
We have had a wonderful time here at El Clos and appreciate your generous hospitality. Joaquim, your meals have been excellent, your art work is beautiful, and your accordion playing fun. We especially enjoyed the barbeque with your other guests. Maria, you are always so helpful. Rosa, thank you for coming on our first night and translating for us.
El Clos is very charming and we have enjoyed the peace and tranquil setting in Conesa. If you ever get to the States, please come visit us.
Jerry
Evelyn
The Todds
Portland, Oregon
USA

July 20 – July 22 2005
Thanks to Joakin, we totally enjoyed our staying here.
It was our last trip before our first baby’s coming, and we have so many things to tell our baby later.
We hope we come here again with our baby next time.
Also we are very impressed by all the efforts and affection that Joakin put into this place, and we can tell how talented he is.
We’ve been here with family from Korea, just married couple, our sister-in-law, and we’re sure they have such a wonderful memory here.
Thanks for hospitality and everything that you’ve done for us.
Tony and Angela,
Koreans from Valencia, Spain

Thank you, we totally enjoyed our staying here.
We hope we come here again.
Thanks for your hospitality and everything that you’ve done for us.

감사합니다, 우리는 완전히 우리가 여기있을 즐겼다.
우리는 다신 지 바랍니다.
귀하의 환대 및 우리를 위해 한 모든 주셔서 감사합니다.

August 8, 2005
¡Muchas gracias! Joaquim y Maria y Rosa
We have had a wonderful holiday here at ‘El Clos’. The apartments are beautiful in design and furnishings, with great attention paid to detail. Conesa and the surrounding countryside is really picturesque and tranquil. We had the most relaxing time exploring and learning some of the history of this beautiful area. However, we still have much more to see and learn so wee look forward to returning soon.
Joaquim’s cooking is superb – we really enjoyed your traditional recipes – thanks too for showing us some of your photography.
Until we meet again!
Paul & Ruth McKendry, Northern Ireland

August 15 2003.
Gracias. This trip to Spain has been very educational and entertaining. Conesa is rich in history and life. El Clos is a perfect place to stay in rural Spain (sorry Catalunya). The beach and Barcelona were great to visit but it was always good to get back to El Clos.
We were lucky enough to be able to take in 2 festivals and loved them both.

Bob, Terry, Kristin, Kelsey Lotwin
Calgary, Alberta Canada.

Thank you very much you for writing these comments !!